October Afternoon & Personal Impressions Christmas Cards

Today I'm sharing two cards you may have seen recently in Making Cards magazine. For these I used one of my favourite ever Christmas lines by October Afternoon (Holiday Style) with my Christmas stamps for Personal Impressions...

This first card uses the Christmas Tags stamp set, stamped in Staz On ink and distressed with Distress Ink in tea dye to make them more vintage looking to match the papers...
This second one uses the Christmas Postcards stamps, again stamped and distressed...
I kept these ones very quick and simple but they are still some of my favourite makes of the year!

Thank you for dropping by today!
Sarah x

Paint Resist Christmas Cards

Today I'm sharing two Christmas cards I made using Tim Holtz Christmas Blueprint stamps and Tim Holtz / Ranger Distress Paint dabbers. Both cards I've kept very simple but I love the alternative colour scheme!

For this first card I uses the Snowflake stamp from the set, I stamped it onto a luggage tag using Perfect Medium and embossed it in clear embossing powder. While that cooled I cut a kraft card mat for my card blank, covered it in frosted film and rounded the corners.
Once my embossing was cool, I misted the tag lightly with water and took Paint Dabbers in Broken China, Picked Raspberry and Mustard Seed (I know it looks like more than 3 colours, I overlapped and mixed them onto the tag!) I Started with the Picked Raspberry down the edge and then blended the blue and yellow in from the other side.
I allowed the colours to overlap as I went before taking some kitchen towel and wiping the excess off in a circular motion to blend the colours even more. once it was completely dry I added some vintage style glass glitter from Stampin Up on part of the edge (Glossy Accents works perfectly for adhering this!) and some dots of Liquid Pearl to embellish
This card uses the Christmas Tree from the same set but using the exact same technique, here is a little close up...
I love working with these paints and the colours are gorgeous!!

I hope you like my alternative Christmas cards and I hope your preparations are nearly done, as I'm at Create & Craft for the next two days I finished mine today (eek!) I'm so relieved we have everything and I even got to stroke a pony on the way out of the supermarket (the local riding school was raising funds outside) I'm starting to feel very Christmassy :o)

Than you for dropping by today!
Sarah x

New Create & Craft Show Dates & Times!

I'll be back at Create & Craft next week (yay!) guest presenting my first ever sale shows, I'm told they are fast and furious and very very fun so I'm super excited to see what happens! I have no idea what products will be on the show but I'll do my very best to give you lots of hints and tips as we go so I hope you can tune in and grab a bargain!! Dates and times are as follows:

Monday 23rd December

9am - Create & Craft Sale
4pm - Miss it Miss Out Sale
5pm - Create & Craft Sale
7pm - Create & Craft Sale

Tuesday 24th December

2pm - Miss Out Miss Out Sale
4pm - Create & Craft Sale

Thank you for dropping by today and I'll see you Monday! :o)
Sarah x

The Lookbook Magazine Christmas Special!

My lovely Design Team have been very hard at work making lovely Christmas projects for a Special Edition of the Lookbook magazine, I'm so pleased to share with you today, our Christmas Special!

I hope you love this issue as much as I do, as well as projects there is a little word from each of my Design Team to give you a little behind the scenes insight.

We would love to hear what you think of the issue. All of the products used in the projects shown are available here in my shop.

As ever, a massive thank you to my lovely design team who made such fabulous projects for this issue, without them, none of this would be possible! We look forward to your comments and feedback.

Submissions for volume 5 are now open! To have your Sarah Hurley project considered for inclusion, please send us a photo of your project here.

Thank you for dropping by today
Sarah x 

Documenting December

Following on from my previous posts, here and here, today I have another couple of pages to share with you from my first week of December...
I've been following my prompt book again, although I have mixed the order up slightly, here is the left page close up...
and the right...
I realised I didn't have some of the holiday stamps / stickers I would have liked, I wanted one saying Holiday and one saying 'Making a List' and I didn't have either - note made for next years Christmas collections! :o) so instead I dug out my Dymo label maker and used that to make some text labels - I forgot how much I love it, it's staying out now!
I think this is my favourite card, I edited one of my personalised letters to Santa to make it naughty and left it out for B to find, I think he totally would have believed if I hadn't been giggling stupidly ;o) it still makes me laugh to remember it
here are a few more close ups (you can click each one to see it bigger)
On the right side I used this square block page protector and cut squares of paper from the kit to fit - these held my little Selphy pictures perfectly and left the other side for some journaling along with some of the square elements from the kit. it was a great quick and easy way to sum up the week and include all the little things that maybe aren't quite as important but that I still wanted to remember.
On this side I included things like despatching a record number of orders, the crate of christmas decorations and some new Christmas products I'd finished up, not major things, but all little events I would want to remember that led up to the big day.

I'll be back later in the week with some more pages, I hope this helps you to follow my process a little bit. I'd love to see how you're doing yours if you'd like to share your links.

Thank you for dropping by today!
Sarah x

Papercraft Inspirations Cover!

I was so thrilled to hear from my editor that my project had made the cover of Papercraft Inspirations for the January issue (what a fab way to start the new year!!) but I was even more thrilled to walk into Sainsburys yesterday and see it in real life, eeek! No matter how many times I'm published, it's just as exciting every single time!
I loved making this set of cards using Penny Black stamps with Derwent Inktense pencils and blocks, Sizzix dies and DCWV papers, and I'm so pleased it made the cover! I hope you can pick up a copy, there are so many fantastic projects this issue, it's one not to be missed :o)

It's been a crazy busy week here at Hurley HQ, we've despatched a record number of orders over the last couple of weeks as well as finalising lots of new products and working on other projects and plans for the new year - I'm very lucky to have B and Lisa (my lovely new creative assistant) to help me (and Fuzzybutt for reassuring hugs and woofs throughout the day of course) my Design Team have pulled together the most fantastic projects for something we have planned for you for next week too, I can't wait to show you more! I thought this year had been busy, but with everything we have planned for next year, I think we better hang on to our hats!! So excited...

I'll be back over the weekend to share some more of my December Daily album with you, I hope you can pop back to check it out.

Thank you for dropping by today!
Sarah x

Documenting December...

If you saw my earlier post here, you'll know this is my first year to document December, so far I'm loving the process (and all the Christmas preparation!) today I'm sharing my first page...
Because I used a shaped page for my intro page, it peeks through a little bit which I love!
I'm using journaling cards from my Documented365 December Documented kit and the November 'A Few of My Favourite Things...' kit
I kept the embellishments pretty simple, just a glittery number, some washi tape and enamel dots, because I'm doing Project Life as well and in full Christmas rush I don't have time to make things really complicated.
I'm following the Documented365 prompt book to structure my album a little but I'll be mixing them up a little bit.

I'll be back later in the week with some more pages, I hope this helps you to follow my process a little bit. I'd love to see how you're doing yours if you'd like to share your links.

Thank you for dropping by today!
Sarah x

Feeling Proud...

This wasn't actually something I was going to share on my blog, I posted it on my Facebook page and I've had such a huge response to it that I thought I really should share it here, I know some of you aren't on Facebook but have been with me since the beginning of my journey and this, I think, is a big part of it! (apologies if you are on facebook and have already seen this, I will be posting up something shiny new tomorrow :o) )

around 3 years ago, a friend was telling me how proud she was after having a baby, she asked me what I was most proud of, and do you know, despite having some fab jobs, travelling a bit, getting married (and subsequently escaping an abusive relationship that had lasted most of my adult life and making a new start for myself) I couldn't think of anything, not one single thing, I just cried... 

Today, 3 years on from that, after watching my business grow 500% in the last 7 months, growing my product range from 2 products to over 400 (with about another 400 to come - so far!) working 18 hour+ days 7 days a week, growing my little team to 20 people and doing all the things I ever dreamed of, drawing, writing, creating, being able to share, on TV and in magazines, planning huge things for the coming year and having my best ever month in anything I've done, this November, (all with the help of some wonderful people of course) I am, dare I say it, for quite possibly the first time in my adult life, a tiny bit proud of myself...

Thank you for dropping by today
Sarah x

UK Scrappers Sponsor Blog Hop - Starting to Document December...

Today I'm taking part in the UK Scrappers sponsor blog hop! All month long, some of the fab UKS sponsors will be sharing their projects with you, all you need to do is comment on each one and then pop back to the UK Scrappers site at the end, find the blog hop post and leave a comment and one lucky winner will be picked to win a gift certificate for some new crafty goodies - won't that be a fab start to the new year?!

To start things off, I'm sharing the first look at my December Documented album. This will be my first December album as usually I go to my parents for Christmas so there is nothing to to journal about! but this year we are staying home for our first ever Christmas, I'm super excited and I'll be recording everything as I go!

I'm using the Documented365 December Documented kit for my album, this comes with lots of papers, journaling cards, stamps and embellishments and even a prompt and inspiration book download for if you get stuck! You can find the kit here. I've used a Basic Grey 'Capture' album with my kit as I wanted something smaller than 12x12 and the kraft goes perfectly with the kit colours...
I started by decorating the cover, I thought about painting the cover mint green (it's an obsession, I know!) but decided against it, I thought I'd end up feeling like it was messy and not want to carry on, so instead, I kept it simple, making a panel for the front and using some thick washi tape and gold glitter tape along the side...
I used the woodgrain and teal snowflake papers from the kit to cut the pieces for panel, the teal paper I punched with a Fiskars notebook punch along the top and I layered some matching washi tape in the middle of the two layers (this was from a Freckled Fawn 'Oh Deer Me' kit) Here are a couple of close ups...
The little tab is from the 'Snip 'n' Stick' embellishment sheet in the kit and I used it with a Dear Lizzy date stamp
The resin frame was from a previous 'A Few of My Favourite Things...' kit, I'd been saving it for something special! I stamped the '25' stamp in the middle in gold and added the frame and acrylic star with pinflair glue, I also used a word strip, a little more glitter tape and some enamel dots to finish it. 

This album comes with lots of shaped pages which I loved! so I used one of them to make my first page, I wanted to be able to see a peek of my first page behind it...
I used the doily and a journaling card from the kit along with one of the stamps to make the '24' on the card read the number of days until Christmas and added some journaling at the bottom about why I decided to do the album this year.
This was embellished with some more glitter tape, enamel dots and a gold sequin - I think there will be lots of gold in this album!
The first prompt in the book starts on the 1st and I already have a plan of what my page will look like. I will be sharing my first few pages in a couple of days time, I hope you'll pop back to take a look :o)

If you do decide to pick up the kit and follow the same prompts in the book, don't forget to share your links with me here or on Facebook or Twitter, I'd love to see your progress!

Thank you so much for dropping by today and taking part in the UK Scrappers blog hop!
Sarah x

A Few of My Favourite Things... November & D365 December Documented Kit Reveals!

This months kit and add ons have now been revealed! Here is a little peek at what the November kit contains...
 Here are some close ups, of the kit and the Documented365 add on...
The much awaited Documented365 December Documented kits have also been revealed!
These kits come with lots of things to make your countdown to Christmas December album, including papers, journaling cards, stamps and embellishments as well as free downloadable printables and a prompt and inspiration book, here is a little look at everything you get...
 and a couple of close ups...
I hope you'll join us in making our December albums, we will be sharing lots of peeks along the way and we'd love to take a look at your albums too :o)

You can get hold of the kits now, here in my shop and there is still time to subscribe to next months 'A Few of My Favourite Things...' kit here.

Thank you for dropping by today!
Sarah x

Introducing the newest Special Editions Stamp Designer!

Today I'm sharing some good news, you probably know by now that my 'Special Editions' stamp line is one that I created a few months ago, asking some select artists to create stamps for my range - I did this for a few reasons, firstly, it's hard to break into stamp design and I knew some talented people that I thought deserved a shot! and secondly, I wanted their stamps!! The artists selected are people whose style and work I love, whose work I think fits well with mine (i.e. not similar but coordinating)

My first Special Editions artist was Jaine - I had loved Jaine's work for a while, she works with me on my Design Team and I'd seen some of her sketches and was so pleased she was interested in taking up my (at the time, quite experimental!, offer) I'm pleased to say, my experiment paid off and I've now taken on another artist, the very lovely, Clare Brown!
You may recognise Clare as she has been on my Design Team since the beginning of my journey! Her first stamps are cute and fun and I just loved watching them come to life as Clare texted and emailed me pictures of her sketches as she went, it's been a great process! I've also seen what she has in store for some of the future sets and I can't wait to launch them over the next weeks and months :o)

Clare's first stamp sets are now available here in my shop alongside Jaine's fantastic new Christmas stamps (all in newly redesigned packaging as well!)

I hope you'll join me in giving Clare a big warm welcome to the Special Editions team, please do remember to send us your links to anything made with Sarah Hurley or Special Editions stamps as we'd love to see and perhaps feature some in some very exciting forthcoming projects! ;o)

Thank you for dropping by today!
Sarah x

Exciting News! Sarah Hurley at Paperchase...

So a couple of weeks ago I posted on Instagram, a pretty big hint that I was working on something exciting, remember this...?
and these...?
Well, the first pic was a tiny part of our production line for some very special kits, and the second shows the first pallet of stock going on to that huge lorry outside Hurley HQ, all ready to be delivered to one of my favourite retailers - Paperchase!!!

A few months back I was having a quiet afternoon of designing when my email bing-bonged (as it does about every 10 seconds! lol) I peeked up from my work to see an email from Paperchase, and not just any email, an email from a buyer, who said she loved my work and would I put some things together for them at Paperchase (I deleted my first response that said 'ARE YOU SERIOUS?! YES!' and typed a much more professional one...) the next couple of weeks I worked on putting together some pre-production samples as they were keen to get a Christmas product in the stores, we came up with this 'Make your own Christmas Card kit' from my Tinseltown Christmas range, which, as you can see, can now be found online at Paperchase (right here in fact!)
 as well as in selected Paperchase stores nationwide...
Here is Carol from my Design Team with the first store sighting in Aberdeen (she selflessly (ha!) volunteered to tour the Paperchase's of Scotland on the hunt for them!) If you spot them in store I'd love to see your pics (you can send me the links, share them over on my Facebook page or tag them with #paperchase #sarahhurley on Instagram / Twitter) if enough of you send them in I may just pick one of them out before Christmas to win a prize (it'll be good, promise!)

This has been an absolute dream come true for me, this was one of those things in the 5 year plan, never did I expect it to happen so soon, I would never have had the courage to approach them just yet, so I'm very very glad they found me! I'll be keeping you posted with updates :o)

Thank you for dropping by today and sharing my excitement!
Sarah x

Create & Craft 'Craft Clinic' Scrapbook Page

As promised, today I'm posting a picture of the Scrapbook page I made on yesterdays Craft Clinic show, this was made following the sketch in my previous post...
Here is a little close up... For this I used the Graphic 45 Typography range (available on the Create & Craft website)
I generally don't scrap in such dark colours so I paired them with a white background to lift the colour and make the overall layout brighter and less vintage looking. As you saw on the show, I placed my first photo wrongly (the one on the right is too high) so I made up the lost space with the metallic banner. I still have to add my journaling which I will probably do on the bottoms of each picture.

Thank you to everyone who tuned in yesterday and for your fabulous feedback, I'm so glad you enjoyed the show!

Thank you for dropping by today
Sarah x

Create & Craft - Craft Clinic Scrapbook Sketch

If you're watching todays Craft Clinic show on Create & Craft, you'll see that I get to do some scrapbooking (yay!) and I will be following a sketch, as promised, here is the sketch I'm using for you...
You can download this simply by clicking on it and right clicking to save (it won't take you off anywhere to download it from another site!) If you pop back tomorrow I will pop up a picture of the page I made on the show that corresponds to this sketch/

I hope it helps! and thank you for tuning in today, I hope you enjoy / enjoyed the show :o)

Sarah x

A Little Sneak Peek...

I've been manically prepping all week for tomorrows Craft Clinic on Create & Craft and before I head off to bed (early start tomorrow!) I wanted to share a quick sneaky peek of my prep...
I've been asked to work with some different products for the show, some of which I'd never used before so that was very exciting! there will still be some things similar to my previous shows, all my faves are in there, colouring, scrapbooking and card making, I hope you can tune in!

Thank you for dropping by today.
Sarah x

New Create & Craft Show!

Just a quick update today, I have a date for you for a new Create & Craft show, I've been asked to work with some new brands and products and had a bigger hand in planning my show which is SO exciting! I'll be on for 2 hours doing a Craft Clinic, showing you something a little bit the same as what I've done before but some things that are quite new too - I'm super excited! I hope you can join me on the 11th November at 11am, I'll be cramming my two hours full of tips, techniques and projects, I'm prepping for it as we speak!

I'll have some more dates and times for you soon :o) 

See you then
Sarah x